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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Sep 24 2013 7:37 PM

Is there a reason why "captain of the guard" in these verses (Genesis 40:3-4) aren't tagged as being Potiphar?

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 25 2013 6:26 AM

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 25 2013 7:56 AM

Hi David

David Taylor Jr:

Is there a reason why "captain of the guard" in these verses (Genesis 40:3-4) aren't tagged as being Potiphar?

There is some question as to whether the "captain of the guard" in Genesis 40 is actually Potiphar:

4 Whether the captain of the guard was still Potiphar, after the lapse of time implied in 40:1, is unclear. If Potiphar did still hold this position, it could explain why the captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be the personal servant of these two palace officials, for he had occupied this role in Potiphar’s household (40:4). But whatever the motive, Joseph is once again becoming known to top palace officials. But will this stand him in any better stead than it did in Potiphar’s household?

Gordon J. Wenham, Genesis 16–50 (vol. 2; Word Biblical Commentary; Dallas: Word, Incorporated, 1998), 382.

although other commentators are quite happy to assert they are the same person:

As interesting as the absence of specifics on the retainers’ crimes is the absence of the name of Potiphar. He is referred to only by title. Presumably the chief steward of vv. 3 and 4 is the same as “Potiphar, the chief steward” of ch. 39. The prison in which the chief butler and baker are detained would be a room attached to Potiphar’s house (40:3, which specifically identifies the place of detention as “the house of the chief steward”). Confinement is probably no more than house arrest, but prison is prison, and it is bad enough that Joseph refers to it as a “dungeon” (bôr, v. 15).
Potiphar assigns Joseph to wait on (wayešāreṯ, v. 4) these two men


Victor P. Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 18–50 (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament; Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995), 475.

So I guess that the folks at Logos either didn't want to assert that they were same and didn't tag him as Potiphar or simply forgot!

We would need them to comment as to which is the case.

Graham 

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 25 2013 8:12 AM

Hey Graham, thanks for the reply.  I never even thought about the possibility of it being Potiphar's house until I was preparing for my Men's Bible Study I lead tonight.  We are going through Logos' material "Joseph: Understanding God's Purpose" and it was actually talking about it, which is why I thought it interesting they didn't tag it as such.

I also noticed that in Bible Facts Potiphar isn't listed as Captain of the Guard in things he is referred to as.  Interesting...

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 25 2013 9:00 AM

Hi David

David Taylor Jr:
We are going through Logos' material "Joseph: Understanding God's Purpose" and it was actually talking about it, which is why I thought it interesting they didn't tag it as such.

That is interestingSmile

David Taylor Jr:
I also noticed that in Bible Facts Potiphar isn't listed as Captain of the Guard in things he is referred to as.  Interesting..

Don't understand this - I see him referred to as "the captain of the guard" twice

Graham

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 25 2013 9:06 AM

Perhaps I missed it, I shall look again.  It would be interesting to know the thinking of including chapter 40 in their small group study material, but not in Bible Facts as Potiphar being the captain of the guard.

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